How to get meals, the Internet, and daycare if your school goes virtual



It can be stressful when schools switch to virtual learning. Knox News supports you.

Here is our guide on how to get free food, internet, and child care if your school temporarily switches to virtual learning as a COVID-19[female[femininethe pandemic is raging.

Do you have a question about Knox County Schools? Contact Isabel Lohman, journalist specializing in children’s issues, and she will try to find an answer for you. You can email him at [email protected].

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Where can I have meals?

Parents (or older students) can purchase free breakfasts and lunches at a nearby school listed below. The district offers free breakfasts and lunches for any KCS student or child aged 18 and under.

If your child’s school announces that it is going virtual only and you want free meals, you must complete a form at If you miss the deadline for the form, it’s OK. You can always pick up food from a nearby school.

Free meals are not available on bad weather days.

If you have any questions, you can email virtual [email protected].

What are the meal pick-up times?

Mondays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: taking charge of two breakfasts and two lunches

Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m .: support for three breakfasts and three lunches

Where can I collect the food?

When filling out the meal form, you need to select a school that you want to pick up from. The form lists several schools:

  • Austin-East Magnet High
  • Bearded middle
  • Bearden High
  • Beaumont Magnet Academy
  • Carter High
  • Cedar Bluff Elementary School
  • High central
  • East Knox Elementary School
  • Top of Farragut
  • High Fulton
  • Gibbs High
  • High rooms
  • Hardin Valley Middle
  • Inskip Elementary
  • Karns Midfielder
  • Lonsdale Elementary School
  • Northwestern middle
  • Powell Midfielder
  • Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy
  • South Doyle Middle
  • South Doyle High
  • High west

Should I bring my child with me?

No, you will just need to give the nutrition worker your child’s name.

Where can I access the Internet for my student’s learning?

Your family may be eligible for discounted Internet service through the federal broadband emergency benefits program. You could get a discount of up to $ 50 per month on broadband service and a one-time discount of up to $ 100 to purchase a laptop, desktop or tablet, according to information on the school district website.

There are two ways to apply. You can contact an Internet service provider directory or go to

For more information, visit

Outdoor internet in Knox County school buildings

Some schools offer free outdoor Wi-Fi. Your child’s Chromebook should automatically connect to the internet when it’s in range. Look for a sign near the school guest parking lot or the main entrance.

Schools with outdoor Wi-Fi:

  • AL Lotts Elementary
  • Austin East Magnet High
  • Bearden High
  • Belle Morris Elementary School
  • Bonny Kate Elementary
  • Elemental Carter
  • Carter High
  • Carter Middle
  • High central
  • Christenberry Elementary School
  • Corryton Elementary School
  • Top of Farragut
  • Medium Farragut
  • High Fulton
  • Gap Creek Elementary School
  • Gibbs Elementary School
  • Gibbs High
  • High rooms
  • Middle rooms
  • Hardin Valley Academy
  • Hardin Valley Elementary School
  • Top of Karns
  • Mooreland Heights Elementary School
  • Mont Olive Elementary School
  • New Hopewell Primary School
  • Pond Gap Elementary
  • High Powell
  • Primary Ritta
  • Sarah Moore Green Elementary
  • South Doyle High
  • Medium Vine Magnet
  • High west
  • Whittle Springs Middle

What are my childcare options?

Your child’s after-school program may offer full-time child care during a shutdown. Registration is only available to students who are already participating in the program and potentially the children of teachers, district spokeswoman Carly Harrington said on Monday.

Check with your after-school program to see if babysitting is an option on Virtual Learning Days. Harrington said the hours would be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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